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Pizza, Music & Beer - How To Build a Rockstar Team

Building any new team, takes considerable effort, thought and direction.  Building a core startup team, capable of work far out reaching the number and talent of the people involved,is the holy grail, but not impossible.


Create and publicise an end goal - To get the best out of any team requires direction.  That direction comes from identifying an end goal.  What is the team really there for?  Not the small every day tasks and job description values, but what is the underlying value that the team gives above and beyond anything else they have to do to achieve that?  Those goals are generally far reaching and ambitious but still succinct and easy to understand and benchmark.  "It doesn't matter what it takes, but our website must always be up" etc.Identify the path ahead - The path ahead will be rocky.  But it needs identifying for at least the next 6 - 12 months.  The finer points of that journey will (and hopefully should) change.  That's the flexibility of working i…

Agile Programming and Agile Selling

In web tech, everyone is keen on Agile development.  If it's not agile (or a variant delivering similar results) most folks aren't interested.  The main themes behind Agile development tend to focus on speed, change, transparency and increased satisfaction.  Themes, in reality, can and perhaps should, be applied to most areas of customer facing business.

Everyone wants something yesterday.  Most people want improvements or changes to existing processes, standards or services.  Most people want to know what's going on  - and that is especially so when things go wrong.  So that means most people want transparency too.

One of the themes regarding agile design is that of feedback.  Good quality end user feedback is like the holy grail.  I don't mean good as in they like your stuff, I mean good as in it's quick, reliable and appropriate and can accelerate the development process with regards to identifying bugs, incorrect features or processes.

Selling should be the sam…

What's All The Google Plus Fuss?

Unless you've had your netbook / laptop / iPad / iPhone / Android / desktop PC (do they really still exist?) switched off in the last week or so, you would have noticed many people tweeting and blogging about Google's new social networking project.  Google+ (or Google Plus as there isn't a consistency afaik) is the so called death eater of Facebook, the overnight disease of Twitter and for the recently Microsoft acquired Skype who knows?  If the hype is to believed of course.

With features that take arguably take the best out of the most popular of the existing social networking platforms, it's easy to see why the hype and attention that has been placed upon it.  With any product though, there are benefits to be realised from having the first-mover-advantage.  In the case of Google+, you can just argue they've let other players iron out the market before they've come along with a more succinct approach.  If it wasn't for the Wright brothers we wouldn't …